There will be buzz aplenty at the Beehive this Saturday (March 5) when the Rainbow NZ Parliamentary Network (RNZPN) co-hosts the opening ceremony of the inaugural Wellington Pride Festival (Tū whakahīhī e Te Whanganui-ā-Tara).
Celebrating 30 years since the Homosexual Law Reform, members across many parliamentary parties have come out with their support for the festival.
The evening will focus on remembrance, celebration and looking toward an even better future for the LGBTIQ+ community.
Chair of the Labour Party Rainbow Caucus Louisa Wall is one who celebrates the work of former Wellington Central MP Fran Wilde, a key advocate in the fight for gay rights in New Zealand who sponsored the private members bill for Homosexual Law Reform.
“As a proud member of the Parliamentary Rainbow Network it is a pleasure to partner Wellington Pride Festival in this inaugural festival and to begin this event honouring the legacy of Fran Wilde as the community champion,” Ms Wall said.
Ms Wilde, the first female mayor of Wellington, will be a guest speaker along with those who were instrumental in passing the Law Reform Bill in 1986 such as MP Trevor Mallard, and prominent gay and lesbian activists.
The nine-day festival of events from 5-13 March includes flagship events Wellington Pride Parade and Out in the Park on 12 March.